Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of a Springville man on multiple charges and numerous traffic infractions for moving violations and equipment following the subjects refusal to pull over for a speeding violation.
Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Ballantyne observed a vehicle driven by 36 year old Joseph D. Gambino of Bolton Rd. in Springville, who was travelling at a high rate of speed southbound on Rt. 219 south of Genesee Rd. in the Town of Concord. The vehicle also had extremely dark tinted windows and a loud muffler.
As Deputy Ballantyne attempted to stop the vehicle, Gambino accelerated, pulling away, and then made a U-Turn. He then continued northbound on Rt. 219, getting off at Genesee Rd. heading east. Gambino went through many stop signs, did not keep in the traffic lane, passed cars at hillcrests, and at one point was caught on radar going 143 mph in a 45 mph zone on Genesee Rd.
Deputy Ballantyne could not pursue the vehicle due to the unsafe speed Gambino continued to travel at, but he was able to maintain sight of Gambino in the distance and coordinated the response of Deputies Todd Jones and Matthew Krypel who were en-route to the area to assist. Due to the coordinated efforts, Deputy Jones was on location on Pratham Rd. and Middle Rd. in the Town of Sardinia as Gambino approached and was able to get him stopped and took him into custody without incident. Gambino had a female passenger with him at the time.
Gambino was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the 1st degree, Unlawfully Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree, Reckless Driving, and numerous moving violations and equipment violations in the Towns of Concord and Sardinia. The vehicle was also uninspected.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and Gambino was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held pending arraignment